IDEMIA is collaborating with Microsoft to support its new Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) verifiable credentials identity solution.

Azure AD is now in public preview. It enables organisations to confirm information about individuals, such as their education, professional or citizenship certifications. Moreover, it does so without collecting or storing their personal data.

Verifiable credentials can replace all kinds of hard-copy identity credentials such as physical badges, loyalty cards, and government-issued paper documents.

So, individuals to take full ownership over data stored on a digital wallet and accessed with a mobile device.

Within verifiable credentials, IDEMIA’s identity verification tools match the data against the system of records. This provides an authoritative proof of identity for an individual. Because the digital information is verified by IDEMIA, the individual is protected by layers of security.

IDEMIA to launch Azure AD in US then internationally

And verification takes only minutes instead of days or weeks. IDEMIA is launching the service in the US. with plans to expand to additional markets.

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“Mobile ID solutions such as Verifiable Credentials are the single most important security innovation since locking your front door,” says Matt Thompson, senior vice president, Civil Identity, at IDEMIA North America.

“This technology that Microsoft is now supporting in Azure Active Directory increases access to personal information. And improves the security of their identity against theft, making it easier and faster for governments and organisations to verify identities and credentials.”

IDEMIA, Microsoft: revolutionising access to information

Sue Bohn, Partner Director Program Management, Identity Division at Microsoft, adds: “Verifiable credentials will revolutionise the way we grant access to information. Organisations will be able to verify identity information quickly with solutions like IDEMIA. And individuals will be able to own and control their credentials.”

Verifiable credentials are based on an open standard. This is developed in the world wide web consortium (W3C) known as Verifiable Credentials Data Model 1.0. A verifiable credential that is represented as a JSON Web Token (JWT) has an expected structure. This standard makes it easy for credentials to be ‘portable’ across organisational boundaries. For example, a credential issued by a university can be verified by any employer, bank, or any other organisation that accepts the same verifiable credential standard. to own and control their credentials.”